Guest blog: Portrait of the Milky Way Galaxy poster

Posted by Nicole Kiefert
on Monday, September 11, 2017

by Sharona Lomberg

The One Earth Message Project announces that in cooperation with Astronomy magazine, we are offering FOR THE FIRST TIME ANYWHERE a new poster of a famous work of space art: a revised version of Jon Lomberg’s classic Portrait of the Milky Way mural commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Since its creation in 1992, this has been considered one of the most accurate depictions of our Milky Way Galaxy ever made—and now there is an updated version, offered now to benefit the One Earth Message Kickstarter campaign.

Courtesy of Sharona Lomberg

The artist has revised this painting to incorporate scientific discoveries made since its original creation in 1992. These include exoplanets discovered by the Kepler telescope, the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy, and a new geometry for our own Orion Arm. 

This magnificent 39” x 25” glossy reproduction comes with a finder’s guide to help identify the many real clusters, nebulae, and other objects included in the painting.

A detailed article about the painting will soon appear in Astronomy magazine online.

The One Earth Message is offered a limited number of posters as premiums for donations to our campaign, including copies with an original signature of the artist. See our Kickstarter site for details.    

The One Earth Message Project is attempting to create a digital message

for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, now far beyond Pluto and leaving the solar system. Like Voyager’s famous Golden Record, it is intended to be recognized, deciphered, and understood by alien intelligences who find the spacecraft in the distant future. Our Kickstarter is to fund the creation of the submission website and process to make the message.

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